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A season-high crowd of 27,039 flowed through the turnstiles at Monmouth Park on Sunday and were treated to a pair of impressive favorites taking the two Father’s Day stakes events.


Kicking off the stakes action was Royal Currier, who took command early and never looked back in the $65,000 Anderson Fowler Stakes, as Gunfighter grabbed command approaching the quarter-pole before drawing off to victory in the $65,000 Bernie Dowd Handicap.


Mat Stables’ Royal Currier covered the 5 ½ furlongs over firm turf in 1:02 flat and paid $4.60, $3.40 and $2.80 as the favorite in the field of nine colts and geldings.  It was a length and a quarter back to Christiesborntorun, who completed the $30.20 exacta and paid $5.60 and $4.  Freud’s Honour was another two lengths back in third, good for a $4.40 show mutuel.


“He’s a very tactical horse with a very bright future,” said winning jockey Joe Bravo.  “He’s really good at following instructions.  He just flew around there.”


A 3-year-old by Red Bullet from the Lite the Fuse mare Top of the League, Royal Currier earned his sixth win in 12 starts by taking the Anderson Fowler.  He has earned $235,950 for his connections, who indicated the Jersey Shore Stakes (Grade 3, $150,000) at Monmouth on July 3, could be the gelding’s next start.


In the Bernie Dowd, Gunfighter proved a much-the-best winner, taking the mile and 70 yards contest by three lengths in 1:41 3/5.  The winner paid $4.80, $3.60 and $2.80 as the favorite in the field of nine New Jersey-bred colts and geldings.


Trained by Steve Klesaris, Gunfighter topped the $217.60 exacta with longshot Adduce, who rallied for the place, paying $34 and $10.20.  It was another three-quarters of a length back to pacesetter Hermosillo, who paid $5.80 to show.


“He’s a really good horse,” said winning jockey Jose Valdivia Jr.  “The fractions seemed to be demanding, but he was doing it on his own.  At the head of the lane, I called on him and he kicked on and had another gear.”


Gunfighter, a gelding by Iron Deputy from the Mazel Trick mare Sweetgeorgiabrown, bumped his lifetime mark to 4-4-1 from 14 starts.  He’s earned $225,052 for owners Susan Moore and M and M Thoroughbred Partners.





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